In an effort to provide consumers with scientific information about transgenic and cloned animals, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has released a new issue paper titled, "Animal Productivity and Genetic Diversity: Cloned and Transgenic Animals."

The paper outlines the complexities surrounding the issue of animal cloning and offers a look at the science behind the process. Among the topics that the paper addresses include the cloning of farm animals for breeding and direct food consumption; disease resistance in transgenic animals; and the use of transgenics for improved food safety and quality, decreased environmental impact and increased production efficiency.

"Even the word 'cloning' can elicit emotional responses from people," said John Bonner, CAST executive vice president. "By providing unbiased, scientific information on potentially divisive issues, CAST seeks to bring together various viewpoints for honest discussion."

CAST is an international consortium of 33 scientific and professional societies. It assembles, interprets and communicates credible science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector and the public.

Read the full text of the paper.

Source: CAST,